Roseman University South Jordan students send over 200 Holiday Mail for Heroes cards

December 13, 2011

Student from Roseman University in South Jordan sent over 200 cards to service members, veterans, and their families through the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

The goal of Holiday Mail for Heroes is for every service member, whether they are on active duty, injured, or a veteran, to receive a holiday card.

“I heard about this program three years ago and thought it sounded wonderful,” said Rebecca Petersen, a second-year pharmacy student from Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy in South Jordan, Utah.

Petersen, who has family members and friends who are in the military, knows what a difference a simple card can make for someone who is far from home during the holiday season. “So many soldiers don’t have family or friends to write to, and that can get really discouraging around the holidays,” she said.

In 2010, the first-year pharmacy class from Roseman University’s South Jordan campus filled out several cards, but this year Petersen was able to organize the first-year and second-year pharmacy students, as well as faculty, staff, and students from the College of Dental Medicine and the College of Nursing to participate.

The drop box was anonymous, and Petersen left 110 cards for people to fill out and place in the box, but that was not nearly enough. When she picked up the final letters, there were 230 inside, including cards people purchased and brought from home.

“I definitely consider this a success for the whole school because I know most of the students, faculty, and staff must have written at least one card to get that many,” said Petersen. “I’m so proud of our school and faculty for participating in this program, and I’m so excited for the troops to get our cards!”

Holiday Mail for Heroes is in its fifth year, and is sponsored by the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes. For more information, you can visit redcross.org/holidaymail.